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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!

1. Parasite

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

2. Inference

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

Being without or almost without hope

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

3. Cower

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

To cringe in fear

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

4. Pulverize

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

5. Hypocrisy

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

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